STÉPHANE LARUE WINS $60K AMAZON FIRST NOVEL AWARD FOR THE DISHWASHER

Quebec writer Stéphane Larue has won the Amazon First Novel Award for The Dishwasher. The Dishwasher, which was originally published in French in 2016, was translated by Pablo Strauss.

The Dishwasher is a novel by Stéphane Larue, illustrated by Pablo Strauss. (Le Quartanier, Justine Latour, Biblioasis)

Quebec writer Stéphane Larue has won the Amazon First Novel Award for The Dishwasher.

The Dishwasher, which was originally published in French in 2016, was translated by Pablo Strauss.

The $60,000 prize, established in 1976, honours the best first novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada.

Larue had the least glamorous job at a restaurant — a dishwasher. But it gave him an inside look at the hard-living characters working in frenetic, stress-filled kitchens. He turned those experiences into The Dishwasher, which takes the reader into the demi-monde of restaurant kitchens.

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